From Arnold Schwarzenegger I learned the virtue of hard work and positive self-belief; that you can achieve your goals as long as you can visualize the path towards them clearly enough and apply consistent and intelligent effort in that direction.
From Richard Feynman: Intellectual humility, the joy of finding things out, to try to understand the truth about a thing and not to settle merely for its surface attributes.
From Carl Sagan: to look to the stars and from that vantage point, to look back at us on this pale blue dot; to be humbled in the face of our…
I’ve often noticed that there seem to be two distinct styles of reasoning about the world. I suspect it has something to do with why people come to develop very different worldviews. And it leads people to interpret cause and effect in the world differently.
Some people seem to have a more paranoid bent, seeing human agency, personal desires, and planning often with malicious intent) as the cause of various outcomes. People like this are prone to believing in conspiracy theories, too.
I’m calling this “ agency “ bias because people on the far side of this spectrum see personal…
A few weeks ago, we rolled out the “Team Matcher” on Challengermode. It’s a system that automatically matches you with the other solo players in a team tournament. It means that if you’re a solo player or don’t have a full team to play with right now, you can still join a team tournament without needing a pre-made team on Challengermode!
It’s really easy to use. As a player, we’ll match you up with other solo players and parties that also signed up for the tournament during a window of about 15 minutes until right before the start of the…
We’re excited to announce that we’ve raised a new funding round led by eWTP Innovation Fund, the global investment arm of the Alibaba Group, with other investors including Telia Ventures, and Swedish soccer legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The investment will make it possible for us to double down on our mission to make esports truly accessible for regular players and tournament organizers while enabling further international expansion and product development.
“We are very excited to close this new financing round with the support of a strong set of investors who share our vision for esports. With the additional backing, we’re able…
Consider the following question:
You have the option to go on a trip that is guaranteed to be the most exciting and memorable vacation you’ll ever have. The caveat is that you’re not allowed to take any pictures or videos and you’ll have to drink a potion that will erase all memories of the vacation after it ends.
What would you be willing to pay for a trip like that relative to a regular vacation? Would you want to go on a vacation like it at all?
The question of how to improve our happiness is complicated by the fact…
In my never-ending pursuit of increased productivity, I’m continuously exploring different ways of understanding the subject; breaking it down and applying best practices to my own endeavors — however imperfectly.
An analogy for productivity I like is one of vectors, from math and physics. Productivity is like a vector because it has both a magnitude and a direction.
I recently came across this presentation on LinkedIn by Breakwater Strategy, a communications and strategy consulting firm. It’s an excellent piece of research and thinking that will be useful in the short term and interesting to revisit again a year from now:
As we stand on the brink of what may be one of the most defining moments of our time (but hopefully not the most deadly) I’ve been pondering what the long term consequences of this pandemic will be.
Many countries, communities, families and individual people are already devastated by the medical and societal consequences of the pandemic. And it’s probably gonna get a lot worse before it gets better. It’s not my intention to diminish the suffering that many people are dealing with and will experience in the near future.
Whatever outcomes and consequences we see as a result of…
Aside from what I need to know to stay up to date with the latest info, I’m not following the news media or political circus much at all. Instead, I’m looking for context, I want to understand the trends. I don’t just want the facts, I want to understand the why behind them. I want to learn how to think about this rationally.
A lense onto human irrationality and what you can reasonably do about it.
Having spent quite a bit of time reading up on the situation regarding the COVID-19 disease outbreak I’ve realized it’s a good lens with which to view the follies of human misjudgment. It’s also a lesson on (ir)rationality.
Over the past days and weeks, in conversations and online I’ve come across various kinds of arguments and ways of reasoning in regards to what to do, or what not to do.
There tend to be two camps.
The first camp of people assumes that any preparation or worry…